Social Isolation May Trigger Inflammatory Response

Social Isolation May Trigger Inflammatory Response

Social isolation may trigger inflammatory response. Previous research has shown that social isolation increases the risk of disease and early death.

A new study links social isolation with two inflammatory markers.  Social isolation is a lack of social connections which can lead to loneliness in older adults and an increased risk of serious health conditions.

A recent study states that 1 in 4 adults aged 65 years and older are socially isolated.

A 2016 review of published data revealed that social isolation, loneliness, or both were associated with a 29% increased risk of heart disease and 32% greater risk of stroke.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

According to the research, people with chronic inflammation can develop chronic viral infections, obesity, and age-related changes in gut microorganisms. It also shows that social isolation triggers an inflammatory response.

Inflammation is one of the body’s defense mechanisms in which the immune system defends the body from harmful agents, such as bacteria and viruses.

The study revealed that higher levels of CRP were found among people who experienced social isolation compared with those who did not experience social isolation.

“This study provides important biological markers of social isolation that could be used to identify those most at risk of serious health consequences. And could allow more targeted interventions to be implemented earlier,” said Dr. Cathy Slack, Director of the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing and Secretary for the British Society for Research on Ageing in the United Kingdom.